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Marc Finaud is a former French diplomat who was seconded to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) between 2004 and 2013 and now works for this international foundation, where he trains diplomats and military officers in international and human security and conducts research in those fields. During his 36-year career as a diplomat (1977-2013), he served in several bilateral postings in the Soviet Union, Poland, Israel, and Australia, as well as in multilateral missions to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Conference on Disarmament, the United Nations. He holds master’s degrees in international law and political science. He was also senior resident fellow (WMD Programme) at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) between 2013 and 2015. List of publications: www.gcsp.ch/marc-finauds-publication
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, PhD
Dr. Mohamedou is deputy director of the Graduate Institute, professor of international history and politics and director of Executive Education. He is visiting professor at sciences Po Paris and at the University of Saint-Gallen. Previously, he was associate director of the Harvard University Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research in Cambridge; former foreign minister of Mauritania; director of research at the International Council on Human Rights Policy; and research associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute on the United Nations in New York. He is the author of a trilogy on the post-11 September era; Contre-Croisade – Le 11 Septembre et le Retournement du Monde (2004), Understanding Al Qaeda – Changing War and Global Politics (2011) and A Theory of ISIS – Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order (2018).
His research focuses on transnational terrorism, political violence, the transformation of warfare, transitions to democracy, and Middle Eastern and North African sociopolitical developments and contemporary conflicts. Dr. Mohamedou is a frequent lecturer in his fields of interest and has contributed to The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Radio France International amongst others. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
Jubin Goodarzi, PhD
Dr. Goodarzi is associate professor and deputy head of the International Relations Department at Webster University Geneva in Switzerland. Between 1996-2007, he was a consultant and advisor on Middle Eastern affairs for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. He has also worked with US and UK research institutes and foundations including the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, and the Ford Foundation in New York.
Dr. Goodarzi is author of Syria and Iran: Diplomatic Alliance and Power Politics in the Middle East (London: I.B. Tauris, 2009), and numerous articles and book reviews on the international relations of the Middle East. He holds a BA in international studies from the American University, an MA. in Arab studies from Georgetown University, and a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics.
Shuaiha “Wallace” Cheng, PhD
Dr. Shuaihua ‘Wallace’ Cheng is the Managing Director of the Global Economic Governance Initiatives at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Member of ICTSD Operation and Programme and Strategy Board. Currently, he co-manages WTO Post-Nairobi Programme and China, G20 and Global Economic Governance, New Industrial Policy Group, the E15 Initiative in partnership with the World Economic Forum. Dr. Cheng is also Adjunct Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), Associate Editor of Advances in Climate Change Research Journal of China National Climate Change Centre (Beijing), Member of Asia Society’s Asia 21 Advisory Committee (New York), and Member of the Evian Group Working Group on Trade (Lausanne). Before joining ICTSD, he was an economist at the Shanghai Municipal Government Development Research Centre and Board Secretary of the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Center. Dr. Cheng is Yale World Fellow (2015), Asia 21 Young Leader (2007), British Chevening Scholar (2005), Salzburg Seminar Fellow (2000).
Elizabeth Rushing , PhD
Dr. Rushing is managing editor of the Humanitarian Law & Policy blog. Prior to returning to the ICRC, she worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, the War Crimes Research Office, UNAIDS, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Federation of Human Rights. She holds a juris doctor from the American University Washington College of Law and a Master in Law from the Université Paris Nanterre. She is also a former SIT student who attended the Geneva program.